Where is Your Relationship Going in 2011?
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A Year for Love1 of 11
By Claire Daniel for YourTango
Last year, we watched with surprise as celebrity couple after celebrity couple, once seemingly happy, suddenly split up. (Doesn't anybody stay together anymore?) Because each year brings its own love trends, we asked the experts to give their relationships-related predictions for 2011.
Monogamy Will Rule2 of 11
Relationship expert Lissa Coffey predicts that marriage — or at least monogamy — will become fashionable again. One only has to look to Katy Perry's luxe Indian bridal fete to see that commitment is the new black. Coffey says, "We will see a return to relationship-based values rather than material-based values."
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Playing it Safe3 of 11
"More couples will hold off on marriage, and married couples will put off divorce/separation until the economy rebounds," predicts licensed therapist Don Boice, who has seen a surge in couples who were formerly married and now separated debating getting back together and trying to make it work.
Deal Breaker Revisions4 of 11
The Great Recession has radically transformed our values. Dale Koppel, Ph.D. and author of The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Online Dating, predicts men and women will "radically lower their expectations, especially in terms of physical appearance and age." How financially secure the other person is, he says, will be important.
Social Media Dating5 of 11
YourTango expert Julie Spira says, "Both singles and couples are super busy, often working harder with a smaller paycheck. As a result, you will see more relationships forming as a result of Twitter and Facebook. And yes, we will watch them break up in real time with their status updates. Skype dates and using your webcam to keep your relationship exciting while your beau is away will be on the rise."
Dating on the Go6 of 11
"I think 2011 will be the breakout year for mobile-based online dating," says Dan Abelon, cofounder and president of SpeedDate.com. "We are already seeing about 30 percent of all new users coming from our iPhone or iPad applications, and that number keeps increasing each month.”
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Smarter Sexting7 of 11
Kanye, Tiger, Brett ... seems like everyone's doing it, and getting caught. In 2011, expect to see new etiquette rules around this trend. Want to send your new squeeze a picture of your tatas that cannot be resent, copied or re-tweeted? Well, there'll be an app for that.
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Social Media Banning8 of 11
Inappropriate or flirty Facebook comments may lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings, even cross the line, blurring the territory between friendship and emotional cheating. "Those with an interest in maintaining their relationships will require their partners to abandon [social media]," says Farrah Parker, an interpersonal relationships instructor.
Family Matchmaking9 of 11
Expect to see more romantic hopefuls reaching out to family and friends for relationship connections and blind dates. "Young clients disappointed and disillusioned about their experiences with online dating tell me they're giving in to the possibility that family and friends might hold some potential," says Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill, therapist and author of A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage.
Traditional Roles Resume10 of 11
According to Paris-based astrologer Michel Perrin, men will start to make a comeback and take a leading-man role in relationships. "Uranus is now moving into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and therefore [is] starting a new 84-year cycle. As Aries is a masculine sign, men are more likely to be far more adventurous, strong and protective."
Love's in the Stars11 of 11
According to Perrin, here are some star-related predications for 2011, which line up with what our non-astrological experts are predicting: Commitment will be in; casual sex will be out; men will step up and take a greater role in the partnership dynamic; and love will be based on fun, adventure and spontaneity.